Capabilities

Disaster Prevention / Mitigation

  • Climate change adaptation including climate smart agriculture
  • Urban resilience and climate change design and development
  • Property law and environmental law (including climate change) 
  • Digital communication tool design to improve the planning, implementation, recovery and debriefing processes of prescribed burning
  • Reducing the risk of bushfire initiated from power lines
  • First Nations peoples cultural burning project
  • Collaborating stewardship of urban natural resources for social-ecological well-being
  • Social-ecological resilience thinking, environmental management and conservation, community-based land use and management

Disaster Preparedness

  • Infrastructure including enhancing resilience, and energy planning 
  • Community-based emergency management, government-citizen coproduction in disaster management
  • Transport modelling, management and connectivity during disasters
  • Modelling evacuations in the face of bushfires, simulation of human behaviors
  • Socio-psychological and engineering studies on human behavior during emergencies
  • Language mediation in disaster prevention and recovery 
  • Financial resilience 
  • Fire retardant apparel (including performance) for fire fighters, military, police and mining industry. 
  • Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Network, and Data Analytics 
  • School-based bushfire education 
  • Building resilience through use of social media during disasters

Disaster Response

  • Safety systems for new generation vehicle technologies, radar systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for environmental surveillance and fire detection
  • Disaster response communication systems using satellite and UAV, wireless sensor networks and IoT, Satellite systems and radars
  • Human security - a framework for understanding civil-military relation during disasters
  • Ecosystem health monitoring and assessment 
  • Biodiversity conservation, water quality and statistical analysis. 
  • Water and sanitation service provision technology
  • Expertise in soil carbon and peat soil fire prevention and restoration
  • Land impact assessment and risk assessment  
  • Financial analysis of the housing sector and economic impacts of disasters 
  • Health psychology and resilience   
  • Post-disaster housing and settlement reconstruction program design
  • Journalists and trauma, support and counselling for journalists reporting on disasters.
  • Gender and bushfire - gendered inequalities and differences in (esp) preparedness, response and recovery behavior after bushfire

Disaster Recovery

  • Ecosystem health monitoring and assessment 
  • Biodiversity conservation, water quality and water and sanitation service provision technology
  • Adaptive environmental management 
  • Expertise in soil carbon and peat soil fire prevention and restoration
  • Land contaminations - land impact assessment and risk assessment  
  • Impact of bushfires on toxicity to organisms and humans  
  • Behavioral issues, educational, cultural and accountability aspects 
  • Financial analysis of the housing sector (including cultural) economies and government policy 
  • Resilience and mental health, supporting individuals and families in crisis 
  • Economic impacts of disasters, especially indirect and intangible impacts
  • Post-disaster housing and settlement reconstruction program design
  • Building resilience for disaster mitigation and through planned recovery programs
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer